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Valentine's Weekend and Cape "D" Trivia

February 17th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

Well, finally, things seemed back to normal at Boreas Inn–we had a wonderfully busy long weekend with lovely guests. The weather was glorious, the stars were brilliant each night, and the Long Beach Peninsula was looking beautiful.

Over the last two nights, we had a couple staying in The Dunes Suite on their honeymoon.  Around our age, these two amazing people were in so many ways very inspiring to us.  (This is one of the real rewards of this work–we get to meet phenomenal people!) Alan has metastatic prostate cancer, is solid and hopeful and that helped us to be as optimistic as he is!  He is totally in love with his new wife, Susan, who is like an old friend.  After the wedding, she tripped and dislocated her left ring finger (I think), and of course, she’s left-handed.  Her hand was swollen and very painful.  In spite of all the challenges, they were extremely gracious with us and so very loving with each other.  How fortunate that they found each other and graced Boreas.  Alan, as it turns out, is a most talented photographer.  Yesterday, he caught an eagle in a classic pose down in the wetlands area at Beard’s Hollow at Cape Disappointment State Park.  I tried to to copy the eagle image he sent me, but the format couldn’t copy so I will ask him to re-send the photographs as attachments.  He loves taking pictures of flowers–and I may copy some of those onto a blog when I get a chance.  Alan and Susan will be back to celebrate their first anniversary next year.  Hopefully they will be back sooner!

The Chocolate Lover’s Dinner at The Depot Restaurant was phenomenal this past weekend.  Our guests loved it! I forgot to bring home a menu.  The specialty dinners at our local restaurants never cease to amaze me. We had an early Valentine’s dinner there on Friday night to celebrate Bill’s birthday, which was marred by his fracturing his right ankle on the 10th.  It’s as swollen as Susan’s left hand.  He will get more x-rays tomorrow and find out the prognosis.

Now for a bit of trivia about one of the most frequently asked questions at Boreas. For those of you who don’t know why Cape Disappointment and the Columbia River was so named, here’s the explanation courtesy of Washington State Parks.  In 1788, while in search of the Columbia River, English Captain John Meares missed the passage over the river bar and named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment for his failure in finding the river. In 1792, American Captain Robert Gray successfully crossed the river bar and named the river “Columbia” after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva. Only a few years later, in 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at Cape Disappointment.  So now you have the real story!

Eagle at Beard's Hollow

Eagle at Beard's Hollow

Winter Wonderland Enough Already!

December 22nd, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

Through the ornaments to the west gardens and ocean beyond.

Through the ornaments to the west gardens and ocean beyond.

The Garden Suite gardens blanketed in snow

The Garden Suite gardens blanketed in snow.

I think images will say much more than words.  We have had a series of spectacular storms–most unusual for this part of the Pacific Northwest.

Normal if You Live In Alaska!

Normal if You Live In Alaska!

Winter Storm Coming In!

December 11th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

So–this weekend we’re having the B&B Open House in five inns on the Peninsula.  This is an annual benefit for the local food banks and gives locals the chance to visit our inns decorated for the holidays and nibble on goodies at each inn.  Having failed to get our B&B association’s press release and photo in the local paper (they told us they didn’t receive it–twice!), the word is out on KMUN radio, perhaps there was mention in the Daily Astorian (I re-sent the press release and added one of my own) and there was a brief listing in  the local paper under Community Activities.  So I have made Creme de Menthe cookies and I’m making chocolate and vanilla cupcakes frosted and decorated with pretty holiday sprinkles, spiced cider and other goodies and some of our friends will show up if they don’t get blown away during the predicted storm tomorrow with wind gusts up to 70 mph.  Then snow… over the weekend maybe.  We are all a bit paranoid having been hammered with our “hurricane” last December 1-3 where we experienced 3 days of winds, 80-140 mph and really, nobody knew about how bad it was because we had absolutely no communication for three days.  In actuality, Bill and I have US Cellular service and we had usable cell phones for most of the storm–but we didn’t know how fortunate we were.  So–Pacific County is going out of their way to prepare us with these dire predictions for the next few days.

We had our wonderful and mellow Holiday Decorating Party last weekend.  Cindy and Robert Davis, Odell Hathaway, Jennifer Flickinger, Mary Berscheidt, Fred Humphrey and his daughter Amy and husband Gary Inman helped decorate.  Bill did the exterior lighting–just perfect, as always.  The weekend was relaxing, full of great food and the inn looks very pretty.  (In case the neighbors all show up for the Open House this weekend!)  Thank you to all of you, dear friends for your help in decorating!  Wish I could get some good exterior shots of the lights at night–but it’s so difficult to shoot!   We still have an opening over New Years and some rooms after Christmas. (And lots before the holiday too!)  So come to the wild SW Washington Coast and sit by the fire!  I am attempting to upload images and the link isn’t working–sorry!  I will try again tomorrow.

A Warm Weather Walk and Decorating for the Holidays

December 5th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

Bill and I just went for a very long walk in beautiful warm December weather.  The beach was empty except for people in the distance.  The surf looked perfect for riding waves and indeed there were sea lions surfing out on the large clean-breaking line of surf.  Crabbing season opened this week and we spotted a number of crab boats and crab pot floats.  We can’t wait to sample the Dungeness crab this weekend!  We will be having our annual Decorating Party this weekend and have found a lush Hannukah Bush (aka Christmas Tree) to decorate.  There are cedar boughs already decorating the outside of the inn along with our usual twinkling white lites and some holiday red and green lights.  Last night, we were treated to dinner by Mary Berscheidt, one of our dearest guests, at one of our very favorite restaurants in the Pacific Northwest,  The Port Bistro. The chop salad and the “baseball cut” New York Steak was perfect and the new dessert menu was tempting.  Indeed, we gave into temptation.  Bill had the flourless chocolate cake, I had the Port Wine Berry Cobbler and Mary had the triple sorbets made with fresh fruit.  We had a much-needed wonderful time and our friends, Larry and Jennifer, the chef/owners, were able to spend some time with us.  We have rooms left for after Christmas and our New Years’ Crabcake and Champagne Brunch. We can’t guarantee this beautiful weather–but it’s always beautiful at Boreas!

I'm not ready for this rain! The clamming weekend should have some sun!

November 12th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

The last couple of days have been very wet. Yesterday morning, it was windy and driving to the Astoria Bridge was exciting with the Columbia River at high tide, splashing over the rip rap onto the highway. My car got splashed. I like it when that happens as long as the waves aren’t too large and boisterous. The big winds subsided and the last day has merely been warm and wet. A “Pineapple Express”! The end of the week shows clearing in time for the three day clam digging tide here on the Long Beach Peninsula. We did have a glorious day at the beginning of this week before the current storm arrived. Sunny and low 60′s.

Dragon Sky at Boreas

October 6th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

It was a stormy day this Saturday and in the afternoon, the skies cleared and these spectacular clouds appeared on the horizon.  At first, they were two alligator-like heads, then the wind flattened out the southerly head and turned it into a whipping tail.  We hadn’t seen anything like it before–so we snapped a shot off our top deck.  What an entertaining and beautifully colored sunset it was. The image doesn’t do it justice!The alligator sunset made our day!

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